Bahr, Walter A.
Soccer (Bucks County Chapter)
Player – started 1937 at Lighthouse B.C. – Philadelphia Temple University – All-American 1944 – Olympic Team, 1948 – U.S. World Cup Team 1950, 1954, 1958. Professional 25 years. Coach Swarthmore College, 4 years, Frankford HS, 17 years, Temple University, 3 years, Penn State University, 14 years, Professional, 5 years. US Soccer Federation, 10 years, Head of Delegation (still active). Inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Football (Western Chapter)
Mel was inducted into The Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Drafted in the 3rd round (1970) out of Southern University, a starter in 1972 and, became the prototype cornerback of his era. He possessed the ideal size, speed and quickness, plus the toughness and mental ability to adjust to coverage as the rules changed. He was All-Pro four years; Defensive Player-of-the-year in 1975, leading the league with 11 interceptions. He played in four Super Bowls, 200 of 201 regular season games with 57 career interceptions (736 yards) for two touchdowns and 13 fumble recoveries for two more.
Buddemeyer, Malanie A.
Swimming (East Boros Chapter)
Melanie was an outstanding swimmer at Penn Hills HS, the University of North Carolina, and the US National Swim Team. She was Dial Corporation’s National High School Female Scholar Athlete-of-the-year in 1984. An 8-time WPIAL and a 5-time PIAA Champion, held the National Record in the 100-Butterfly, held PIAA record for 25 years, and the WPIAL record still stands. Melanie was a 4-time All-American at UNC, undefeated in dual meets and ACC Conference Championships. She held school and conference records in the 100 and 200-Butterfly. She was an 8-time ACC Champion and was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Campbell, Fred M.
Football/Basketball/Wrestling/Track (Delaware County Chapter)
Fred was an All-American & All-Conference player on Duke’s 1955 Orange Bowl Championship Team. He was the NFL’s top ACC lineman draft pick (Chicago Cardinals). He served as an officer and Recon Commander in the U.S. Marines where he also played and Coached Wrestling and Football! Later Fred became a legendary pioneer in the sports marketing world. The first ever marketing director for the “AAU” & “Americas Cup”. He was also the first ever VP Marketing Director for the NBA and first president of the NBA’s properties company. In 1974 he founded and directed for over 20 years the “First” USA Sports Marketing organization to bring corporate sponsorship to Amateur sports Governing Bodies and USA Winter and Summer Olympic Teams.
Covert, “Jimbo” James P.
Football (Western Chapter)
In 2003 Jim was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame, acknowledging his 1981 and 1982 status as a consensus All-American offensive lineman at Pitt. A three-year starter that allowed only three sacks (zero his senior season) and played in the Hula and Senior Bowl games. A 1st round draft choice of the Chicago Bears, he was an NFL All-Rookie pick in 1983, a vital cog on the 1985 Super Bowl XX team, and the 1986 NFL “Offensive-Lineman-of-the-year”. The late Walter Payton called him the NFL’s “Best offensive tackle”. He was born in Conway, PA.
Hamer, Dale L.
NFL Football Official (Mid-Mon Valley Chapter)
National Football League official from 1978 through 2001 working over 400 games including 18 playoffs and two Super Bowls – Head Linesman in Super Bowls XVII and XXII and Alternate Referee in XXVII. He has worked as a Replay Official in the NFL since 2002. Named the NFL’s Best by Inside Sports in 1998, he has been honored by the Western, Mid-Mon Valley, and East Boro’s Chapters of the PA Sports Hall of Fame and the Belle Vernon High School and California University of PA Halls of Fame. Dale was recipient of the NFL Referees Association’s highest honor in 2009.
Football (Mid-Mon Valley Chapter)
Monessen, Pennsylvania’s Sam Havrilak was named to the All-Pennsylvania Team at Bucknell University capturing every total offense record including 397 yards against Colgate (1968) which still stands. Sam’s the only player who achieved Middle Atlantic Conference MVP status his junior and senior years. He displayed versatility in the NFL as running back, wide receiver, quarterback, defensive back, tight end, and special teams for the Baltimore Colts and New Orleans Saints, 1969-1974. At Super Bowl V, Sam became the first player to complete and catch a pass an take a handoff during the Colts 16-13 victory over the Cowboys.
King, “Nellie” Nelson J.
Baseball (MLB) (Western Chapter)
Nellie King was a relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1954-1957. After his MLB career Nellie’s natural story-telling excelled in radio as sports reporter for WHGB in Greensburgh, and later as Bob Prince’s KDKA broadcast partner for the Pirates from 1967-1975. From 1957-2004 he served as Sports Information Director and Golf Coach for Duquense University. A graduate of the Milton Hershey School, Nellie was instilled with a passion for giving back. King served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western PA for 25 years, raising over $1,000,000.
Leyland, James R.
Baseball (Western Chapter)
A veteran of 47 years in professional baseball and has managed more than 3,000 games. This includes managinv the Pittsburgh Pirates (86-96), Florida Marlins (97-98), Colorado Rockies (99), and Detroit Tigers (2006-11). He won three straight NL East divisional championships with the Pirates (90-92), won the World Series with the Marlins (97) and took the Tigers to the 2006 World Series. Named NL and AL Manager of the Year. Spent six seasons as a minor league catcher in the Tigers organization(64-69). Lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Perrysburg (OH) High School. Makes his home in Pittsburgh with wife Katie and children Patrick and Kellie.
Baseball (Bucks County Chapter)
A 1982 graduate of Bristol HS, was one of the finest athletes in Bucks Co. history. As a student-athlete at Bristol, Jeff scored 1,000 points in basketball and passed for 1,000 yards in football. In 1982, Jeff was named Honorable Mention All-State in both sports. After graduation, Jeff attended Temple from 1982 to 1985 where he earned All-Atlantic 10 and All-East Coast honors in baseball. Jeff is tied with John Marzano for highest career batting average (.413) and stands alone with the highest career slugging percentage (.778). Jeff was drafted by the Yankees in 1985. From 1985 to 2000, He played professional baseball. He was a member of the 1993 Phillies NL Champions, the 1997 Indians AL Champions, and the 1999 World Champions Yankees. Jeff holds the major league record for consecutive home runs (4) and the AL record for 5 home runs in 3 days. He was the MVP in both the Texas and International Leagues.
Marshall, Larry E.
Football (Bucks County Chapter)
Larry was an outstanding running back at Bishop Egan High School from 1964 to 1967. He was All-Catholic and MVP of the 1967 city title game. After Egan, Larry played at the University of Maryland where he garnered All-ACC honors and the Maryland MVP award in his senior year as defensive back. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1972; that year he won the Mack Lee Hill Award as the Chiefs top rookie. Larry led the Chiefs in punt and kickoff returns in 1972 & 1973. He played the next four seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles where he set Eagle records for punt returns and yards while leading the National Football conference with 10.6 yard average.
McCabe, Richard P.
Football (Western Chapter)
An All-City running back at North Catholic High School, played in the Dapper Dan Classic, and earned a scholarship to Pitt where he was a four-year starter on both sides of the ball. His tough, durable, intelligent play led him to a seven year career in the NFL with the Steelers (4), Redskins (1), and Bills (2). Following a knee injury, he moved on to coaching defensive backs in the NFL and was the Defensive Coordinator with Buffalo and Cleveland for five seasons and was in his fifth year as Dever’s Defensive Coordinator when he died of cancer in 1983.
Schnellenbach, Carl M.
Wrestling/Coach (Delaware County Chapter)
From his roots in West Reading, a 4 sports athlete, Carl is entering his 50th year as Ridley HS outstanding Wrestling Coach. He is the all-time winningest wrestling coach in PIAA history, (690-194-8). His teams have won 17 Central League Championships. Carl is listed in the top 10 on the National Wrestling Coaches Win list & was inducted into the PA Wrestling Hall of Fame (1988), Delco Athletic Hall (1992), Delaware County Chapter of PSHF (1992), Berks County Chapter of PSHF (2010). In 2008 he was honored to be selected Nationally as Head Coach of “USA Dream Team”, in the USA vs. Iowa tournament (USA 40-Iowa 15). Forty plus former wrestlers have become coaches and referees. For 41 years he was a top assistant for an outstanding football program winning over 400 games competing in several PIAA District & State Tournaments. As a head track coach he helped develop 2 State Champions. At age 77, he is still an active coach.
Sweeney, James J.
Football (Western Chapter)
A standout lineman and team captain at the University of Pittsburgh earning NSCA and AP/UPI All-American recognition. Starred with the New York Jets from 1984-1994, playing in 166 consecutive games/158 consecutive starts at guard, tackle or center. Was a Pro-Bowl Alternate at three different positions. 1984 All-Rookie Team. Sports Illustrated All-NFL in 1988, and the Jets All-Time 4-Decades Team. Moved to Seattle where he started 16 more games (174 total) and finished his career as a valuable backup for three seasons with the Steelers in 1999. Has continued in football as a high school and college offensive line coach.